Riparian Rights

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Ownership of Michigan Islands

Islands, large and small, can be found in many of Michigan's rivers and inland lakes. Some islands are just large enough to support a couple of trees and others boast spectacular homes or resorts. Big or small, islands are...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update

Easements: trial court erred in denying statutory easement or “way of necessity” where owners established all elements pursuant to section 704.01(2), Fla. Stat. – Messer v. Sanders, No. 1D13-3084 (Fla. 1st DCA July 9, 2014)...more

First District Court of Appeal Holds State Water Board May Restrict Beneficial Water Use by Senior Water Rights Holders, Relying...

Most Californians are well aware of the restrictions currently being placed on water use throughout the state. The ongoing drought and dwindling water supplies in California are dramatically affecting those with rights to...more

State Water Resources Control Board May Prevent Illegal Diversions Of Water, Even If Diverter Claims Riparian Or Pre-1914...

In Young v. State Water Resources Control Board (--- Cal.App.4th ----, Cal.App. 3 Dist., August 4, 2013), a California court of appeal considered whether the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”) has the...more

Misuse Of Keyhole Lot As Marina

A dispute is brewing between riparians and backlot owners on Deer Lake in Independence Township, located in Oakland County, Michigan. ...more

No Prescriptive Right To Dock In Plat

In 1957 the Michigan Supreme Court observed that "as the Water Wonderland acquires more population it also acquires more litigation over water rights." Our population has increased, we have become more litigious, and plats...more

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